A few random things tonight.
I started working on a FAQ page for the blog. It’s got most of the questions I get asked a lot but since I’ve got a bad memory I know I’ve forgotten a few. I’ll keep adding a few and if there is anything you think should be on there or you want to know something, please ask in the comments. :)
Some of you love to hear about things that are different in New Zealand. Here are some of the things I’ve noticed lately.
Target is not Target. There is a Target here. I was excited for half a second before realizing it was a furniture. Bed Bath & Beyond is a similar story.
Gyms are not packed in January. In the US gyms start getting more busy the first week of January. Here in NZ our gym was basically closed the first week – it was only open two hours a day. It didn’t return to regular hours until Jan 10 and even since then I haven’t noticed a change. This might be because it’s summer here and it’s easier for newbies to get out and walk/run/bike/swim here, but it was still strange to me.
Makeup is ridiculously expensive. The mascara I use which has always cost me about $6-7 costs roughly $19 USD ($24 NZD). And today I went to the drugstore to pick up contact solution and stopped to look at nail polish so I could paint my nails a pretty color. It cost $25.99 NZD. Once I run out of the makeup I have I’ll stop wearing it again until I can restock when I go back to the states. Honestly.
Americans are spoiled with low cost products. Seriously EVERYTHING is cheaper in the US. I regret not buying everything I could have possibly thought to need before moving. It’s amazing how much more things – almost all things – cost in New Zealand (and other countries). When I get back home I’m going on a shopping spree at Target/Walmart/thrift stores.
Spelling is different. I’m not used to adding the extra vowels all the time. Also, most names of places/streets/cities in New Zealand are Maori, which means I can’t say them right. Or spell them. Ever.
There are other things so maybe this will be an ongoing series.
Speaking of differences, I took my measurements today. In the couple of months I’ve been doing tri training I’ve gained four pounds but lost 8 inches overall. Booyah! My favorite change is the two inches off my thighs. My quads muscles are bigger but my legs overall are smaller. Win!
I’m thinking about the shirt I’m going to wear to the triathlon. I can’t decide between wearing the shirt they give me and wearing a shirt that I’ve made myself. If I make one, what should I write on it?